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Found Fit For Work With Epilepsy, Depression, Brain Damage And Heart Disease

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AN EPILEPTIC, his carer and their determined neighbour will fight the Government to the “very end” after the disabled man’s incapacity benefits were cut.

Geoffrey Wilkinson, 53, of Wheatfield Way, Chelmsford, also suffers from depression, brain damage, impaired memory, ischaemic heart disease and ongoing thrombosis.

Yet he was deemed fit to work around January following reassessments by government contractors Atos, despite medical advice, leading to a reduction in his monthly allowance from about £700 to £300.

“It felt like someone had smashed me over the head with a sledgehammer,” said Geoffrey, who takes 16 lots of medication a day.

Geoffrey and carer Peter Harrison, who is also his brother, are monitoring a third appeal to the Social Security and Child Support Tribunal over the decision and along with neighbour Christine Mitchell, met with Simon Burns MP on Friday.

Peter says his brother has been left to live on £298 a…

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